Gaden Monastery to Drup Shi Tibetan village
Overview of the hike: This is a typical hiking itinerary for those people with a passion for deserting the bustling city life and hiking into the plateau’s hidden treasure; important Tibetan Buddhist monastery, alpine beautiful meadow, the herd of yaks, local home-cooked meal, & one of the most hospitable local Tibetan people. For those who do not want to carry a multi-day trek or short of time in their schedule. This one-day Drup Shi trail is an impressive alternative to the very best of Tibet’s four-day trek “Gaden Monastery – Samye Monastery”.
At 8 am, our friendly Tibetan English speaking tour guide and driver will meet you at your hotel, to start your journey to Gaden Monastery (60km/1hour drive).
Explore Gaden monastery
*Upon arrival at Gaden Monastery (4200m), the principal monastery of Geluk Pa school of Tibetan Buddhism. TGaden Monastery monastery, founded in 1409 by the prolific scholar Tsongkapa. You will visit its main sites, such as the great prayer assembly hall, Gaden throne room, the golden stupa tomb of master Tsongka pa, and scenes of an occasional Buddhist philosophical debate.
*After spending about 2 hours at Gaden, by exploring its long historical Buddhist monuments. You will begin the trek from the monastery’s car park. Following the well-trodden pilgrimage trail heading to the side of Mt. Wang Kur Ri (a pilgrimage site since 7th century, which was where the great 33rd King Songtsen Gampo had his enthronement at the age of 13). About a half hour’s ascending on the trail, there you will find the best spot for a great full view of Gaden. A bonus is to see the monastery’s surrounding mountains and the braided Lhasa Kyichu River from a far. “Northern tributary of Yarlung Tsangpo River – upper section of Brahmaputra River”
Start of the hike
*Walk in the footsteps of the local pilgrimage & yak herders trail, as you journey along the remote trail to Drup Shi village, green meadow and snowcapped mountains will accompany your walk and grazing yaks can be seen from time to time.
Views of Drup Shi village from a high point of the trail
*Keep ascending about 1 hour, you will arrive at Cho Nga Latse hill (4580m). (Refers to a summit of a mountain pass, marked by a pile of stone. Often inscribed with mantra and sometimes with horns of yak) . From here you will see the sacred mountain Choe Gyel La Ri, and other local sacred mountains above (6600m), to the foot of the valley, there lies Drup Shi village. After a quick break for a pick nick lunch, you will start descending to Drup Shi village. Generally, it will take you about 1 and half-hours’ walk about 4km. Follow the dirt trek to reach at the foot of the mountain where the views of surrounding mountains are amazing and the four days trekking route from Ya Ma Do to Samye is also visible to the far south of the mountains from the village.
Drup Shi Tibetan village
Seeing from afar, Drup Shi is a characteristic center Tibetan agricultural village, filled with the traditional scenes. Prayer wheels rotating with force of the flowing river. Men and women with their cattle returning home in the emerald green grass. Farmlands and Tibetan style houses with rooftop being adorned with prayer flag. All these compositions made Drup Shi truly a place where you could feel a taste of the Tibetan community. You will explore the village and its surrounding for 1 hour, before start having your dinner at a Tibetan family.
End the tour at around 06:30 pm, enjoy the worry-free as you are transferred back to your hotel in Lhasa by our hiking crew, driving off the highway on the old Tak Tse county to Lhasa road, passing many Tibetan communities, not long after driving, in around 30 minutes you will approach the city and the view of Potala Palace can be seen in the distance, rest of the evening will be on your own for more exploring of Lhasa.
*The total distant of the hike is 8.5 kilometers
*High point of the trek is 4580 meters from sea level
*Transport by private vehicle
*Local English speaking guide
*Dinner (served in a local family at Drup Shi village)